Venice taps Alphatron Marine for river radars


(ROTTERDAM, Netherlands) — Alphatron Marine has signed, together with its Italian distributor SIRM, an agreement with the Azienda del Consorzio Trasporti Veneziano (ACTV) authority for the delivery of 40 river radars for the public transport lines in Venice, Italy.

With Venice renowned for its many canals and thereby low bridges, the river radar model JMA-610 was required to undergo special modifications. The scanner unit, positioned on top of the wheelhouse, should — once the captain puts the radar into standby mode — stop rotating precisely at a fixed position. This way the scanner unit can be lowered at this specific position in the hole cut and allows for safe passage under the bridges.

At the end of 2015, Alphatron successfully installed the first working river radar concept on board the water buses. This concept has been developed in-house with a custom-built mechanical foundation with appropriate electronics and software. Alphatron's trusted partner in Italy will take care of the installation process and will also be able to quickly support the entire fleet fitted with the river radar. The 40 river radars will be delivered within two years, with the first one installed in April this year.

The river radar plays an integral role in the inland AlphaBridge. The JMA-610 is an cost-effective, user-friendly, high-quality river radar developed together with JRC. It is available as a black-box solution featuring a multi-speed scanner, superior radar picture, integrated AIS functionalities and a unique Photoshot recording function.

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By Professional Mariner Staff